Svetlana Tichanovskaya, the face of the Belarusian opposition, has been living in exile for two years. A conversation about the price she and her family have to pay – and why she believes in an end to the Lukashenko regime.
A very hot day in Berlin, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya breathe deeply in the cool hotel lobby. She is in town as a guest speaker to commemorate the German resistance to Hitler. The police are outside, bodyguards from the Federal Criminal Police Office are not far. Her life, she says, has been upside down since 2020. She takes her time with the conversation, and the longer it goes on, the more she radiates a deeper inner strength and a will never to bend.